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MP accompanies Health Minister to Salvation Army home

Independent MP for North Down, Lady Hermon, and Health Minister Mr Edwin Poots meet 100-year-old Eileen Waddell

Independent MP for North Down, Lady Hermon, and Health Minister Mr Edwin Poots have today (25 April) visited a local Salvation Army care home which offers high quality residential care for older people, enabling them to lead fulfilling lives in their later years.          The Sir Samuel Kelly Memorial Care Home in Holywood provides quality residential care and assistance for older people who are no longer able to live independently in their own home.

It offers various activities for residents both within the home and outside it. Activities held include: gardening, baking, skittles and painting. There are also regular physical activity sessions including ‘Activate’, a form of chair aerobics. Recent day trips have included visits to Carrickfergus, the coast and to local beauty spots for picnics.

Getting stuck in to some baking: Mrs Elaine Cobb, Director of Older People's Services, Health Minister Mr Edwin Poots and Lady Hermon

During their visit, the politicians chatted with residents and staff, and toured the facilities which include 39 en-suite bedrooms and private gardens.

Afterwards, Lady Hermon reflected warmly upon her visit: ‘I was delighted to visit the Sir Samuel Kelly Memorial Home again and hear from staff about the programmes provided at it.  It was also a real joy to chat with a number of my constituents that reside within the home. The Salvation Army continues to be an invaluable source of support for all those who ask for it, and I certainly look forward to my next visit.’

Mr Edwin Poots MLA said: ‘The Salvation Army has a long history of offering practical support to those in need, whether that is a children’s youth group or caring support to those in their later years. Here in Holywood, I was pleased to see The Salvation Army’s work bringing dignity to those who, although unable to live independently, still have an enthusiasm for life and a desire to actively enjoy their later years.’

Lady Hermon meets staff member Naomi Conway on her first day and resident Rae (Rachel) McCullough

The Salvation Army has a long history of offering practical support to people who are vulnerable or in need in every community.

Home Manager, Linda Hook, said: ‘The Salvation Army wants older people to feel fulfilled in their later life. We were pleased to show Lady Hermon MP and Mr Poots MLA around the home and to have the opportunity to tell them more about the work that we do on a daily basis. Our programmes cater to individual needs and ensure older people are treated with dignity and respect. The care we provide engages the whole person and addresses their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. We encourage residents to make choices which enhance and enrich their life, to participate in activities which bring them fulfilment and to share fellowship easing possible isolation.’

Outside the Sir Samuel Kelly Memorial Care Home in Holywood, Northern Ireland